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Bizarre yellow bug with red eyes!
September 14, 2009
We found this little guy/gal (1/4 or 1/8 of an inch long) on some flowers in the yard. I have never seen anything like it before in my life. Does anyone know what the heck this thing is?
Nessa
SW Missouri

Ambush Bug

Ambush Bug

Hi Nessa,
This is a predatory Assassin Bug known as an Ambush Bug.  Not too long ago, Ambush Bugs were classified in their own family, but they have recently been downgraded to the subfamily Phymatinae of the Assassin Bug family Reduviidae.  True to their name, the camouflaged Ambush Bugs will wait on flowers until a pollinating insect arrives to feed.

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